Unit Overview 

This unit is based on the philanthropic beliefs of three cultures and their impact on the development of the tradition of philanthropy in the United States. 

Service Experience 
Students share with others what they have learned about the giving traditions of the diverse cultures that make them proud of this country.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Road Less Traveled (A)
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson may stand on its own as an introduction to the concept of philanthropy or lead into the unit exploring philanthropy of different geographic traditions. Students listen to a read-aloud picture book that illustrates the value of giving gifts that are good for the giver and receiver. We expand thinking of potential gifts of time, talent, and treasure.  

Unit: 
Road Less Traveled (A)
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

In this lesson, students read quotes and background on European Americans that exemplify their giving traditions. Students listen and summarize passages, and then illustrate one person's view or experience and place the illustration and quote on a classroom timeline in relation to the other students' illustrations and quotes (and historical context). They each report on their person in timeline order and discuss similarities across European American views.